Crown in Edmonton court calls for 25-year sentence for (Algerian) mom who starved twin baby girls, one of whom died

The Crown wants a prison sentence of 23 to 25 years for an Edmonton mother who starved and physically abused her two-year-old twin daughters – one of whom later died.

At a week-long sentencing hearing, which began Monday, Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich told court it is “difficult to imagine a more appalling case of manslaughter to be visited upon a helpless child” and said it is as “near to murder” as any manslaughter offence could be.

“Every once in a while a crime comes along that is so horrific that a person who has empathy cannot fathom it,” said Bykewich. “This is one of those cases.”

The prosecutor argued it is aggravating that children were abused by a person in a position of trust and that the abuse had to have happened for a long enough period necessary to achieve the deprived state the girls were in…

The couple, who are landed immigrants from Algeria with permanent resident status, was arrested on June 12, 2012…

Another charming Muslim immigrant story, although these ones sound really crazy.